Although we love the new GoPro Hero 5 Black , one of the bugbears we have is the lack of compatibility with the cheaper gimbals that use a simple strap mount. Luckily we live in a time where if a company takes too long to solve a problem, somebody else will solve it.
In this case, all we need is a plastic mount that will hold the camera into the gimbal. Now these gimbals were never officially supported by GoPro, so not likely to get updated anytime soon. But thanks to the great community on Thingiverse, a solution is just a click away.
Now you might be thinking, what is it? What you are looking at is a simple 3D model that can be downloaded and printed using a 3D printer. 3D printing has exploded in popularity over recent years due to how easy it makes rapid prototyping models and parts.
Where can you get it done?
Now of course due to the size and cost to run, 3D printers have not quite hit the mainstream, but a quick Google search (other search engines are available) will show companies in your area that supply 3D printing as a service. You can see it anywhere from independent shops to print and graphic shops that are branching out into it.
We paid less than £/$5 to have the part printed, which we think was very reasonable in the time it took to have it made. We had two made up, just to have a backup if one went missing. Additionally you can choose to tip the designers on Thingiverse so they can keep on creating great new models for download.
The part is very small but fairly thick, so it is not brittle and so far has not let us down. You can use a separate velcro strap or a cable tie for extra assurance if you would like a failsafe. Generally the printer will let you know if there will be an issue with strength before printing and you can of course ask questions.
So for less than $/£5 and a quick trip out we have a nice new part for our gimbal that gives us the option to use the new Hero 5 and switch back to our Hero 4 or similar when we want quickly and easily.